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Technology start-ups looking to break into the competitive automotive arena, as well as automakers and suppliers looking for partners to help develop the next generation of vehicles, may now have a new gathering place – the Technology in Motion (TIM) Detroit event.
Much more focused and specialized than the unwieldy and hugely competitive CES held in Las Vegas, TIM Detroit promises to put a laser-sharp focus on the players who are shaping the next generation of self-driving, electrified, connected and shared vehicles.
Billed as the largest mobility trade show in North America, TIM Detroit is slated to be held in Detroit’s landmark Cobo Center on Sept. 6-8, 2017, and is co-presented by Crain Communications, publisher of Automotive News (which produces some of the auto industry’s most important events), and MSX International.
The organizers describe TIM Detroit as a three-day event that centers on the intersection of automotive and technology, highlighting the rapidly growing interest in connectivity, autonomy, mobility and the shared economy.
It will highlight the future of mobility by showcasing the most advanced technology for the next generation of vehicles. TIM Detroit will also include on-site events, product exhibitions, presentations and panel discussions from some of the industry’s leading innovators.
Tech companies and automotive suppliers have the unique opportunity this year to get in on the confab at the ground floor, which could position them well as the show grows in size and prominence.
The inaugural TIM Detroit event includes:
• a star-studded conference with autonomous / electric vehicle, connected car, shared economy and digital consumer experience tracks;
• an exhibition of the latest automotive technologies in the autonomous, connected, electric and shared mobility;
• a pitch competition for start-ups in the four key technology areas; and
• a two-day Hackathon that will bring together creative minds, developers and innovators to solve challenges in these same four key areas.
Top speakers include high-level executives such as Mark Reuss of General Motors, Chris Reed of Nissan and Rachel Bhattacharya of Maven, with subjects covering a range of future mobility topics including cybersecurity, infrastructure needs, consumer perspectives, digital retailing, governmental regulations, city planning and other issues.
And best of all, participation in the event – as an attendee and as an exhibitor – is inexpensive.
Exhibition entrance costs as little as $25 for all three days; tickets for the conference program are $150; and exhibitor packages including extra exhibition passes, mentions in event publicity and onsite banner and the event program start at $12,000.
To help start-up tech companies connect with the Motor City, TIM Detroit’s Start-up Village (http://timdetroit.com/startups/), will provide 10×10 foot booth spaces for as little as $1,000 and will be hosted by Planet M / Michigan Economic Development Corporation (http://www.planetm.com/planet_m/).
And to foster the development of the next generation of mobility experts, TIM Detroit will also host a STEM Careers Showcase to bring together STEM supporters and students, parents and educators to share information through a STEM Village, expert presentations, panel discussions and hands-on experiences around automotive technology.
Already signed up as sponsors and participants in the inaugural TIM Detroit event are top global automakers General Motors, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen; and top-tier suppliers ZF, Magna, Lear, Continental, IAC, AVL and Harman.
To learn more about the event, visit timdetroit.com.